2019 MNA Better Newspaper Contest

Editorial Page as a Whole ( Over 7,000)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Rochester - Agri News
    Entry Title: Agri News
    Entry Credit: Agri News staff
    Judge Comment: The Agri News puts punch in its editorials and commentaries, which is exactly the reason readers turn to an Editorial/Opinion page. Its letters and contributed commentaries also challenge official policies and trends, which is refreshing. Good, provocative content.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Little Falls - Morrison County Record
    Entry Title: 2-17-19, 4-7-19, 8-25-19
    Entry Credit: MCR News Staff
    Judge Comment: Little Falls. The editorials contain strong, well-developed stances, which elevates the Record's entries. The page designs are a bit formatted, but it appears the editors pour extra effort into the content, which is a wise tradeoff. (The vertical "Construction Zone" graphic is jarring.) Columnists add some edge, color and activism. An engaging section.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Alexandria - The Echo Press
    Entry Title: Editorial Page as a Whole
    Entry Credit: Echo Press
    Judge Comment: Good mix of elements on the pages. The editorials lean toward enlightenment, rather than critiques, which can be beneficial, periodically. Letter writers seem willing to add critiques on public issues.
  • Competition Comment: The editorial pages and sections that challenged public policymakers and injustices rose to the top. Argi News presented lively pages, which were engaging to read, even for a reader off the farm.